Never been to Aberdeen?

Never been to Aberdeen?

The most northerly of Scotland’s major cities, Aberdeen is a great place to visit at any time of the year. Fly to Aberdeen with Eastern Airways from Southampton, with a choice of daily services Monday to Friday, plus Sunday services. The Eastern Airways travel experience reflects the days when flying was fun, exciting and a part of the journey to look forward to. Service highlights include: All inclusive inflight service, Express check-in service, Fast track security channels, Executive airport lounges.

Our colleagues at Aberdeen International Airport let you into the city’s secrets.

Did you know?

  • Aberdeen is home to the UK’s oldest and longest running business. The Harbour Board was established in 1136.
  • Waterloo Bridge and the Terraces of the Houses of Parliament are built of Aberdeen granite.
  • Until 1858 there were as many universities in Aberdeen as there were in the whole of England. 
  • Aberdeen International Airport is the busiest commercial heliport in the world.
  • Both Scotty from Star Trek and Groundskeeper Willie from the Simpson can trace their roots back to Aberdeen.

5 things not to miss

Come to Aberdeen in late July for the Aberdeen International Youth Festival. It is one of the world’s biggest participatory festivals, with music, theatre and dance from across the world. 

Take a trip to the cities Maritime Museum – which tells the story of Aberdeen’s close relationship with the sea, from fishing to commerce to the oil and gas industry.

Soak up the culture of the cities Art Gallery, home to pieces from the 15th century right up to the present day. 

There is a whisky distillery to suit every taste right on your doorstep. Get some insider tips and tastings of our national drink whilst enjoying a tour of one of the most scenic parts of the UK.

Take in a show at ‘His Majesties Theatre’ Over the years HMT has seen performances from luminaries such as Charlton Heston, Sir Ian McKellan, Sean Connery, Erroll Flynn, Noel Coward, Alec Guinness, Vivien Leigh and more recently rock legend Brian May.

The Insider’s Tips

Aberdeen is golfing heaven. There are 52 golf courses in and around Aberdeenshire – one for every week of the year.  

If you like history, castles and drama, then this region is a must. New Slains Castle is a great example of this heritage. On the coast north of the city, it is reported to have been the place where Bram Stoker got his inspiration for Dracula  

Get into the Scottish spirit and take a trip to the Braemar Gathering. You will get a flavour of a real Scottish Highland Games and will more than likely spot a Royal or two while you are here. 

Bookworms and literary fans flock to Aberdeen in May each year for the Word Festival. Arranged by Aberdeen University, and now in its 12th year, Word attracts literary stars from across the globe and local talent alike.

Hogmanay (what we Scots call New Year Eve) is special in Stonehaven. The town, just minutes south of the city of Aberdeen, hosts the traditional ‘Fireball Festival’. As many as 10,000 people pack into the square to see the procession, welcoming in the New Year with a spectacular fire celebration that has to be seen to be believed.

Aberdeen montage

All photos courtesy of Visit Scotland.